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Frugal Pet Tip: No Sew Pet Bed

By Catherine Mcdiarmid-Watt @frugalfreebies
McCall's Patterns M5410 Pet Beds, All Sizes - includes patterns and instructions for no-sew pet beds in three sizesMy dogs have several beds around the house, Denny uses both beds in the living room and the one in the bedroom.
Dexter would prefer to lay on a person - if he isn't laying on his bed on my computer desk (He is a little dog, a bichon).
You can make this no-sew pet bed! 
This pet bed looks pretty simple to make and needs no sewing at all! Probably much cheaper than buying one, and you can wash it!
Making a fleece pet bed yourself allows you to fully customize the pet bed, and choose the cover, filling and style that suits you, and your dog or cat, best!
Making Ties
Plus, it makes a comfortable, water-repellent bed for your dog or cat, of any size.
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You could buy the McCalls pattern, but it looks like all they did was:
1. Cut out a couple of ovals from anti-pill polyester fleece, about 4-6 inches larger than the size you need. (Anti-Pill is a treatment applied to garments primarily to resist the formation of little balls on the fabric's surface due to abrasion during wear.)
Tying Baby Blankets2. Cut 4 or 6-inch long strips into the fleece all around the oval, about 1-inch wide.
3. Tie together one strip of fleece on one oval to a strip of fleece on the second oval - using an over-hand knot. Some prefer to double-knot.
4. Repeat all around the oval, leaving a space open to stuff.
5. Stuff with Polyester Fiberfill, wool, cotton or even cedar shavings.
6. Tie remaining fleece strips.
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McCall's Patterns M5410 Pet Beds, All Sizes - includes patterns and instructions for no-sew pet beds in three sizes
Yardage needed for each pet bed size:
Small: 26-inch diameter - 1 1/2 yards (1.40m) 60" wide (150 cm)
Medium: 36-inch diameter - 2 1/4 yards (2.10m) 60" wide (150 cm)
Large: 46-inch diameter - 2 /3/4 yards (2.55m) 60" wide (150 cm)

Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber, White, 1 Bag, 12-Ounce - Washable and Non-AllergenicSolid Dogs Anti-pill Fleece (Blue) Perfect for making no-sew blankets!
Shopping Suggestions:
• Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber
• Solid Dogs Anti-pill Fleece
Cats Allover Anti-Pill Fleece by Wild Wings
Petmate Polar Fleece Pet Blanket
• McCall's Patterns - Pet Beds
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